Olympic Games

I have been investigating the Olympics for nearly 15 years, focusing primarily on the media, culture, politics and the doping debate within the Olympic Movement. I am particularly interested in the way that the Olympics commands global political attention and the values upon which it is based, which articulate its role as an international social movement. My work focuses on scrutinizing these dimensions.

Besides studying the broad dimensions of the Olympic programme, I have conducted fieldwork at every winter and summer Olympics since Sydney 2000 working often as a an accredited journalist.

My most recent role is as the social media mentor for the International Olympic Committee Young Reporters programme, which involved taking 30+ trainees to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games to learn how to be an Olympic journalist. Here’s a link to some of the content we created while there.

I was also a supervising Professor at the International Olympic Academy, spent time researching at the IOC Olympic Studies Centre in Lausanne and saw shot putt at the Ancient Stadium of Olympia during the Athens 2004 Olympics.

I also recently led and delivered a new IOC Massive Open Online Course on Sports Media, which brought together some of the world’s best media pros.

During the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, I was accredited as a journalist and will be studying the media and politics of the Games. I will do the same thing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games and can’t wait to see what the first South American Olympic Games will look like!

Further information about each is provided below, but you can also select my Olympics category to see posts related to this topic.

Advisory roles on Olympic Projects

  • (2014-) IOC Social Media Mentor for the Young Reporters Programme
  • (2010-2012) Social Media Impact Assessment of London 2012
  • (2010-2012) London 2012 Transfer of Knowledge Research Programme, Research Lead on new media and broadcasting.
  • (2012) InMotion, Wellcome Trust project for Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • (2011) Human Race, Advisory Board (Scotland Cultural Olympiad project)
  • (2009-2012) #media2012, co-founder and Champion, UK wide citizen journalism project
  • (2009-2012) Abandon Normal Devices, Curatorial team (North West Cultural Olympiad Project)
  • (2001-2012) Culture @ the Olympics, Editor-in-Chief (online magazine since 2000)

Recent Publications

  • Miah, A., Zolotarev, A. & Belousov, L. (2014) The Olympic Movement and New Media, Russian International Olympic University [Only available in Russian]
  • Miah, A. (2014)  Tweeting the Olympic Games, in Girginov, V. The Routledge Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Volume 2, Oxon, Routledge.
  • Miah, A. & Garcia, B. (2012)  The Olympics: the Basics (Routledge, 2012, now published in Russian by the Russian International Olympic University’
  • Miah, A. & Jones, J. (2012) The Olympic Movement’s New Media Revolution: Monetization, Open Media & Intellectual Property, In: Wagg, S. & Lenskyj, H. Handbook of Olympic Studies, Palgrave.
  • Miah. A. (2011) The Worth of the International Olympic Academy. 50th Anniversary book of the International Olympic Academy, IOA Greece.
  • Miah, A. (2011) Bioethical Concerns in a Culture of Human EnhancementIn Bouchard, C. & Hoffman, E. Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, Genetic and Molecular Aspects of Sport Performance. Lausanne, International Olympic Committee, 383-392.
  • Adi, A. & Miah, A. (2011) Open Source Protest: Rights, Online Activism, and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in Cottle, S. & Lester, L. Transnational Protests and the Media. Peter Lang,213-224.
  • Miah, A. Garcia, B. & Zhihui, T. (2008) We Are the Media: Alternative Voices and Non-Accredited Media at the Olympic Games. In Dayan, D. & Price, M. Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China. University of Michigan Press pp.320-345.

Games I’ve attended

  • Sydney 2000 /
  • Salt Lake City 2002 /
  • Athens 2004 /
  • Torino 2006 /
  • Beijing 2008 /
  • Vancouver 2010 /
  • London 2012 /
  • Sochi 2014 /
  • Nanjing 2014 /


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